New Zealand Classic Car - - Local Market Report -

An ap­pre­ci­at­ing as­set is some­thing we all want. Some rise and some fall, and suc­cess­fully se­lect­ing not only a car you love but also one that will in­crease in value is some­thing to be rather proud of. In the case of the iconic Pagoda-top Mercedes se­ries — the 230SL, the 250SL, and the 280SL mod­els — al­though the 250 had lower pro­duc­tion num­bers, the higher-per­for­mance 280SL is the col­lec­tor’s choice. For dis­cern­ing col­lec­tors of the beau­ti­ful E-type, the once-some­what-un­ap­pre­ci­ated coupé is now be­ing rec­og­nized, as is ev­i­dent by the ex­tra­or­di­nary auc­tion prices be­ing achieved, with sev­eral new records set in Aus­tralia. Qual­ity, prove­nance, and per­for­mance are the three ar­eas to dili­gently pur­sue. Cather­ine Dav­i­son, Moss­green-webb’s Col­lec­tors’ Cars, Mo­tor­cy­cles and Automobilia spe­cial­ist.

Build­ing a race car is a rite of pas­sage for many mo­tor-sport en­thu­si­asts. It may make more sense to buy one ready to go, but build­ing one your­self, or hav­ing it built, im­parts a huge sense of ful­fil­ment. You soon be­come fa­mil­iar with each nut and bolt, the pro­cesses re­quired for cer­tain tasks, and be­gin to de­velop a much big­ger re­spect for the tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als who do this day to day — it isn’t easy, but it’s tremen­dously re­ward­ing. For many, though, there sim­ply isn’t the ed­u­ca­tion avail­able to en­able you to build a race car your­self, given you should not at­tempt it if you aren’t suf­fi­ciently com­pe­tent at the skills re­quired, as the speeds you’re likely to travel in com­pe­ti­tion re­quire the high­est level of safety. There also isn’t any­where around that out­lines the pro­cesses re­quired to get your road-go­ing ve­hi­cle race ready, so for most, there’s no clear di­rec­tion to take. In this raceprepa­ra­tion ar­ti­cle, we will out­line the build stages to think about be­fore you get out on the black­top.

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